New Solar Panel Grant
As of Feb 16th 2022, SEAI have announced a new solar panel grant scheme with a number of changes from the previous regime. The main highlights are listed as follows:
The actual grant amounts for solar panels have remained the same as per the table below:
|Solar PV grant||€900 per kWp up to 2kWp||€1800 for 2kWp solar panels|
|€300 for every additional kWp up to 4kWp
Total Solar PV grant capped at €2400
|€2100 for 3kWp solar panels
€2400 for 4kWp solar panels
Batteries no longer supported
The main change is that battery systems for solar panels are no longer supported. SEAI have withdrawn the €600 subsidy for installing a battery with a solar panel system, this is probably in advance of the introduction of the Feed in Tariff scheme which is expected later in 2022. The scheme will allow householders be paid for a proportion of excess solar electricity they produce which reduces the demand for batteries.
Minimum BER requirement scrapped
There is now no more requirement to reach a C BER rating to qualify for the solar panel grant. All houses regardless of their BER rating will be eligible for the solar PV grant.
2021 is the new house age limit.
Houses built before 2021 are now also eligible to apply for the grant for solar panels. This was previously 2011 so it opens the grant up to a lot more households. This is particularly helpful for people in new build houses with heat pumps who will have a higher than average electricity use.